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  1. By all means let’s have a firm but fair policy (1 hour is reasonable) applicable in all venues across the fleet, but most important of all it must be consistently enforced. This seems to be where the problem lies. Oh, and inconsiderate, selfish people who don’t believe the rules apply to them or choose to ignore them. I think if chairhogs actually saw the policy being applied they might think twice. As things stand they know they’ll probably get away with it?
  2. It’s a depressing sign of the times I’m afraid.
  3. The whole concept of the Retreat is flawed and many people have let Seabourn know this loud and clear, so far to no avail. We’ve even been offered a “freebie” day - not sure why - but said “thanks but no thanks”. We had also seen how empty and abandoned it was on the several times we checked. It seems that most people have voted with their feet. It only remains to be seen how long Seabourn will continue to ignore them.
  4. We’ve sailed with Chris before and he’s an excellent CD. We’re looking forward to seeing him again in Singapore. He could give Handre a run for his money - now there’s an endorsement!
  5. We’ve sailed Silversea twice, mainly for the itinerary, and regretted it both times for all the reasons posted above. But the clincher was the rude, almost hostile attitude of our fellow pax. Yes, our trips happened to be segments of world cruises where this childish Us (whole tripper) and Them (segmenter) behaviour sometimes applies and we’ve witnessed it elsewhere, but it was much worse on Silversea to the point we were intimidated into keeping well out of the way. We found the whole experience rather depressing.
  6. I second the Holiday Inn in the historic Rocks area. Perfect location and not eye wateringly expensive. If you want something a little more upmarket there’s a Four Seasons and Shangri La very nearby too. Ask for a room with bridge/harbour/opera house views.
  7. If it’s the same Chris we sailed with last year he’s an excellent CD and we hope he’s still on board when we join Encore in Singapore in April.
  8. A comprehensive travel insurance policy covering not only medical expenses (including emergency medivac) but also trip cancellation, lost luggage, etc is worth every cent IMO. There are plenty of providers and choices so shop/ask around. I’m always bemused that people happily spend tens of thousands on a luxury cruise, but flinch at paying a fraction of that on insurance that might save them tens of thousands more. Think of it as part of the price of your cruise, although the peace of mind is priceless.
  9. It always baffles me why people spend thousands on a luxury cruise but then baulk at paying a fraction of that on a hotel the day before departure or even travel/health insurance. Fly in the day of departure if you wish, but please at least make sure you have adequate travel insurance to cover any expenses incurred by missing and then catching up with the ship later. Bon voyage!
  10. It might be too late to change your flights but if you can arrive a day earlier than the sailing date then I urge you to do so. Too many things can delay you, especially if you’ll need to catch ferries, etc. You may of course have no problems at all, but all that stress and uncertainty isn’t a great way to start your cruise!
  11. We were also underwhelmed by the rather pretentious TK “experience” which, if you set aside all the marketing hype and hyperbole, is just another restaurant. The legendary Dover sole was over cooked and over seasoned - a good piece of fish ruined. Overall it was OK, but nothing special. As for Mr Keller, pssst, the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes.
  12. We were assigned our Gty suite at the bottom of the gangway just as we boarded. It was absolutely fine.
  13. Ha ha, yes I will be doing so today. Very annoying as we specifically want to end our crossing in Miami where we have things to do and friends to see. Seriously looking at Regent’s offering of Lisbon-Miami via Azores and Bermuda.
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